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General Assembly holds hearings on governor's marijuana legalization proposal


The state Senate Finance and Judiciary committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on Article 20 of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget, which features a plan to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use.

New Report Finds Thousands of Marijuana Citations Issued Since Possession Decriminalized


According to the study, which analyzed data provided by police departments representing about 85% of the state’s population, officers issued approximately 5,000 citations for marijuana possession from April 2013 through 2017. Each marijuana citation carries a minimum fine of $150.

New Report Makes the Case for Legalizing, Regulating, and Taxing Marijuana in Rhode Island This Year, Warns Against Further Delays


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A coalition of organizations and community leaders released a report Tuesday that makes the case for legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana this year in Rhode Island and warn against further delaying the passage of such legislation. The report, titled “Now is the time,” is available online at

New Rhode Island Poll Finds Strong and Widespread Support for Regulating and Taxing Marijuana Like Alcohol


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new poll shows momentum is building behind the effort to end marijuana prohibition in Rhode Island. Regulate RI director Jared Moffat will hold a news conference TODAY (Tue.) at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the State House to discuss the results. He will be joined by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence), who recently introduced the Cannabis Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act.